"Epic means comedy."
SOUTH PARK: THE STICK OF TRUTH is ridiculously hilarious & vulgar.
The Stick Of Truth is a licensed video game made by Obsidian Entertainment, published by Ubisoft & meticulously crafted by the creators of South Park themselves, Matt Stone & Trey Parker.
With its troubled history of delays, toilet humour & strive for old school RPG combat, is The Stick Of Truth worthy of its name?
It’s seriously amazing, if you’re a fan of South Park the game was made for you. It oozes the signature touch of its creators while pushing the envelope in so many hilarious & raunchy ways you’ll be laughing as much as you’ll be gaming in its entirety.
The gameplay is a mix between active time battles & old school RPG’s similar to an old PS1 game called THE LEGEND OF DRAGOON ( brownie points if you played it ) while featuring the entire town of South Park to run around in.
Obsidian does a wonderful job of making the entire game look like an episode of South Park. The way you traverse the environment, interact with characters & items as well as the beautifully realized cutscenes all scream authenticity to its original creation.
You’ll run around South Park, recognizing landmarks & characters as they give you quests, which I will not spoil because there’s some seriously awesome fan service, as well as doing the main story that is so ridiculous & out there, you know it’s the kind of story only South Park could tell.
The game is clearly made for fans of South Park though, if you were never a fan of the show or movie you’ll be even more put off by the content unfortunately. The Stick Of Truth tackles things like anal penetration, aliens, zombies, racism, government conspiracies as well as abortions.
It’s this fearless humour that South Park brings to the gaming landscape that defiantly ascends it above anything else in its genre. Nothing is taboo in The Stick Of Truth & it lovingly shows. The amount of times I laughed out loud, winced in disgust & couldn’t believe my eyes were countless.
But it’s seriously one of the best things about the entire game.
The combat of The Stick Of Truth revolves around running into enemies onscreen sort of like Chrono Trigger/Chrono Cross then getting into a turn based traditional RPG battle. You choose to attack, use magic, skills, items or even summons like Mr.Slave or Mr.Hankey.
The chaining of attacks & use of various status effects that vary between class & characters is surprisingly deep. You can also customize your character from equipment sets, to weapons ranging from katanas, staffs & even dildos then equip “Strap-Ons” which are basically enchantments to your items.
You could for example make your giant vibrator generate electricity or stun an opponent. You can also equipment Strap-Ons that increase your attack every time you use an item on yourself or buff your HP, Defence or percentage of damage with a certain element.
Throughout the game I was swapping my Strap-Ons to create things like a massive dildo that made enemies puke their guts out which would disable their ability to heal. Or I would equip a giant sweet katana with the ability to ignore defences, then eat some beef cake to increase my attack but since my Strap-On makes it so my attack gets buffed when I used an item, I’d be super powerful then I can just decimate my foes.
That was a long explanation to basically say, yeah the combat is badass.
Besides the sweet combat, cool customization, funny story & charm there’s also a slight Metroidvania feel to the game where certain areas are only accessible once you acquire certain items. The set pieces are also memorable & easily stand as some of the best scenarios & boss fights I’ve played in a really long time.
The only real “weakness” of the game is maybe that its replay value & somewhat short length are its only hinderances. Once you beat the game, your free to roam South Park & complete whatever you missed & I beat the entire game at around 11-12 hours total.
But those 11-12 hours of gaming were easily much better than other games & their 40+ overbloated experiences, so take that as you will. But it’s unlike any other game & truly feels fresh in a landscape full of games playing it safe.
Just remember, never fart on a mans balls.
SOUTH PARK: THE STICK OF TRUTH is one of the best games of the year & easily one of the best license games so far. It’s horrifically hilarious, offensive & downright chilling with how graphic it can get with certain subject matter but it’s truly a special game.
With rewarding RPG combat, customization, fan service questing, top notch production values & a story only South Park could get away with, this is the game South Park fans deserve. If you love the world & always wanted to beat ManBearPig with an electronic space dildo or fart on a ginger kid, well this is your game.
There’s nothing like it out there & I can only hope a sequel gets made because, yes, it is actually really awesome.
- Amazing writing, production, set pieces & boss battles
- RPG combat is rewarding, fun, fresh & accessible
- The entire town of South Park is your playground
- Unique, hilarious & unforgettable
- Looks just like the show + fanservice like crazy
- Game Of The Year contender
- A brief adventure ( 10-15 hours tops )
- Not much replay value
By: MILAN JEGENJAN